Territorians who took to the outdoors during the long weekend were mostly following physical distancing measures, according to the NT Police, but they were also in a hurry to get to their destinations as 65 speeding tickets were issued in a 24-hour period.
Police patrols increased on the ground over the weekend that saw police within national parks and public spaces conducting checks, following the NT Government’s easing of the first stage of coronavirus restrictions on Friday,
Top Enders flocked to Howard Springs Nature Park, Litchfield National Park, and Gunn Point.
NT Police reported 115 compliance checks were conducted across the Territory, as of Sunday.
“We’re happy to say those attending these areas have been well behaved and following physical distancing,” Incident Controller Acting Commander Shaun Gill said.
NT Police meanwhile issued 67 traffic infringement notices, 65 of which were for speeding and two for driving unregistered within a 24-hour period.
A 28-year old Learner driver is scheduled to appear before the Darwin Local Court on one count of driving medium range after he returned a BAC of 0.086 while driving along the Casuarina Costal Reserve on Saturday.
Acting Commander Gill reminded the public that “now is not the time to become complacent.”
“The restrictions may have eased, but now more than ever you must maintain physical distancing and the actions which have so far prevented the spread of COVID-19 across the NT,” he said.
The Northern Territory Police, Australian Federal Police, and Australian Defence will continue to man biosecurity checkpoints in remote NT areas and conduct compliance checks in national parks and public spaces.